Intriguing and engrossing
- The Shamer's Daughter review by Alphaville
A dark Danish medieval fairy-tale melodrama the likes of which you won’t have seen before. It’s supposed to be the first in teenage-type trilogy but don’t let that put you off. The intriguing premise pits a shamer and her daughter, who can see what people are ashamed of and make them atone, against the evil Dragonlord, who unfortunately isn’t ashamed of anything.
It’s beautifully realised and played as an emotionally real cat-and-mouse chase through the Dragonlord’s city, a kind of dark Alice in Wonderland. There are lapses of pace but 12yo Rebecca Emilie Sattrup is convincing as the lead and a tone-setting melodramatic score perfectly underscores the action.
The film draws you in inexorably and builds to a rousing climax. As for the alligator-like dragons in their pit, shorn of Hollywood-style glitz, surely there have never been scarier CGI reptiles than these. Such an odd film that it will stay with you.
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